115-home proposal gains more support
5:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Latest News
Ambitous plans to redevelop Langley Park and Hathaway Retail Park have been given Chippenham Town Council’s full support.
The public has one week left to make comments to Wiltshire Council on an outline application by the Central Chippenham Partnership (CCP).
The group plans to build 115 new homes, a 38,000 sq ft food store, leisure facilities, a 102-bed hotel and a range of employment units.
Following a presentation by CCP, the town council’s planning committee voted unanimously to support the plans.
The committee was in agreement that the development would be a good use of a brownfield site, tidying up the area and encouraging businesses to stay on the site longer.
The committee’s deputy chairman Coun John Scragg said: “The plans to reinvigorate Langley Park are long overdue. I especially welcome the proposed regeneration of the industrial areas and I look forward to hearing what leisure uses will be introduced in the space provided.
“Many councillors welcome the housing on the brownfield site and we appreciate that the retail element of the plans is much reduced from that previously proposed.”
But Chris Caswill, Wiltshire councillor for Monkton, has called in the application to be considered by Wiltshire Council’s planning committee.
He said assumptions about connectivity to the town centre were “unrealistic” and the hotel location “undeliverable”.
Jo Davis, planning consultant for CCP, said it would continue to work closely with Wiltshire Council to avoid any detrimental impact on the town centre.
The partnership said it had worked with businesses on Langley Park, which include Siemens, Ixys Westcode, RFL Communications and Arkivum, and a proposed secure access road would separate industry from the areas of residential and leisure development.
It said no operator had yet been signed up for the proposed 60,000 sq ft leisure facility.
Those who had been approached said it was reliant on planning permission being granted.
The application (reference 13/01776/OUT) has so far received three letters of support and 12 against. The consultation ends next Thursday.